EuroScience Open Forum: ESOF 2020 Trieste
2 - 6 September 2020
10:30 - 21:15
Trieste and online
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The ERC at ESOF 2020


12:00 – 13:30 | CRISPR: What’s Next? 
Virtual Room 3
Moderated by Ino AGRAFIOTI and  Konstantina TOPOURIDOU, ERC

ERC grantees:

  • Frank BUCHHOLZ, Technical University of Dresden
  • Martin JINEK, University of Zurich 
  • Mark SZCZELKUN, University of Bristol 
  • John VAN DER OOST, Wageningen University

12:00 – 13:30 | Sharing Is Caring? Can Local Practice Turn Into Transformative Change In A Collaborative Economy? Insights On Innovative Practices, Sustainability Potentials And Governance Implications
Virtual Room 1
Moderated by Annekathrin JAEGER and Ines PIO, ERC

ERC grantees:

  • Anna DAVIES, Trinity College Dublin
  • Cristina GRASSENI, University of Leiden
  • Oksana MONT, Lund University


08:30 - 10:00 | Frontier Research in Europe: Reflecting On The Past, Looking To The Future
Auditorium 28A
Moderated by Clive COOKSON, Financial Times
Watch the recorded session

Former and current ERC leaders:

  • Jean-Pierre BOURGUIGNON,  ERC President
  • Helga NOWOTNY, former ERC President
  • Fabio ZWIRNER, Vice-President of the ERC

ERC grantees:

  • Anna DAVIES, Trinity College Dublin
  • Iva TOLIC, Ruđer Bošković Institute Zagreb

12:00 - 13:30 | The Future Of Neurotechnologies: Benefits, Challenges And Social Implications
Virtual Room 1
Moderated by Pilar LACRUZ, ERC

ERC grantees:

  • Antonia HAMILTON, University College London (UCL)
  • Sid KOUIDER, École Normale Supérieure (Paris)
  • Surjo SOEKADAR, Charité - University Medicine Berlin

14:30 - 16:00 | The Future Of Life: Synthetic Living Cells?
Virtual Room 1
Moderated by Janne SALO and Maria SIOMOS, ERC

ERC grantees:

  • Aletta Maria (Marileen) DOGTEROM, Delft University of Technology
  • Ulrich KEYSER, University of Cambridge
  • Hannes MUTSCHLER, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry


08:30 - 10:00 | Turning Contemporary Cities Into Smart, Interactive And Safe Urban Living
Virtual Room 3
Moderated by Anna MIGNANI, ERC

ERC grantees:

  • Carlos CANUDAS DE WIT, CNRS, GIPSA lab and Grenoble Traffic Lab
  • Jennifer GABRYS, University of Cambridge
  • Marios POLYCARPOU, University of Cyprus and KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence

10:15 - 11:45 | Anti-Cancer Immune Response "A La Carte": Recent Advances And Future Developments Of Immunotherapy
Virtual Room 2
Moderated by Nadia EL MJIYAD and Silvia Ines NICOLAU-SOLANO, ERC

ERC grantees:

  • Bruno CORREIA, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • Vered PADLER-KARAVANI, Tel Aviv University
  • Martijn VERDOES, Radboud University Nijmegen

12:00 - 13:30 | Will I Walk Again? How Next Generation Artificial Limbs Are Shaping The Future Of Medicine
Virtual Room 2
Moderated by Telma CARVALHO,  Nadia EL MJIYAD and Monica FAVARO, ERC

ERC grantees:

  • Oskar ASZMANN, University of Vienna
  • Antonio BICCHI, Italian Institute of Technology
  • Dario FARINA, Imperial College London

12:00 - 13:30 | Women In Science: Is It All Fair In Meritocracy?
Virtual Room 1
Moderated by Barbara ROMANOWICZ, Collège de France, Paris and University of California, Berkeley, ERC Scientific Council


  • Carmen CASTRO, University of Valencia and SinGENEROdeDUDAS
  • Jadranka GVOZDANOVIC, Heidelberg University
  • Mathias W. NIELSEN, University of Copenhagen
  • Robert-Jan SMITS, President of the Executive Board, Eindhoven University of Technology

18:00 - 19:30 | The EU & You: European Research Funding And Career Development
Virtual Room 3


  • Valentina CAUDA, ERC grantee
  • Christopher REYNOLDS, Research Executive Agency (REA)


10:15 - 11:45 | Re-Thinking Vaccines
Virtual Room 2
Moderated by Klelia SALPEA and Giovanni TORRISI, ERC
Full open access real time session on ESOF Youtube channel

ERC grantees:

  • Rino RAPPUOLI, Fondazione Toscana Life Sciences
  • Jason REIFLER, University of Exeter 
  • Christine STABELL BENN, University of Southern Denmark

Other speakers:

  • Barbara GALLAVOTTI, Science journalist
  • Serena ZACCHIGNA, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Italy

14:30 - 16:00 | Ground-Breaking Research On When The Ground Shakes: Advancements On Earthquakes
Virtual Room 1
Moderated by David Gallego Torres, ERC, and Barbara ROMANOWICZ, Collège de France, Paris, and University of California, Berkeley, ERC Scientific Council

ERC grantees:

  • Massimo COCCO, National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology
  • Domenico GIARDINI, ETH Zurich
  • Marc-André GUTSCHER, Université de Bretagne Occidentale
  • Marie VIOLAY, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

16:15 - 17:45 | Artificial Intelligence: A Blessing Or A Threat For Society?
Virtual Room 2
Moderated by Giovanni FELICI and Mikaela POULYMENOPOULOU, ERC

ERC grantees:

  • Jan BROERSEN, University of Utrecht
  • Fosca GIANNOTTI, CNR National Research Council - ISTI
  • Bjorn SCHULLER, University of Augsburg

Other speakers:

  • Konstantinos DASKALAKIS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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